Looks like the Telegraph now operates on clickbait! – Greece considers second lockdown after tourists bring spike of cases

What the Greek press actually says the government is considering

  • Banning Summer festivals (most have already been cancelled by the municipalities in Kefalonia)
  • Dealing with the Balkan problem at the land border (100% checks already in place and need for COVID test before entry
  • Considering more testing at all borders (upto 100%)
  • Local lockdowns in areas of high covid load (no change this has been happening for months)
  • Increased inspections of compliance with covid protocols for businesses
  • Constant vigilance and compliance with social distancing & covid protocols especially by locals! and tourists 
  • Constant monitoring of covid load in other countries (no change as the British know!)

The Kefalonia Pulse

Greece considers second lockdown after tourists bring spike of cases

Greece could reintroduce some lockdown measures, after the country has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases following the return of tourism.

There are now more active infections in Greece than at any other point during the pandemic – 2,205 people in Greece are known to have the virus right now.

On Friday, 60 people were confirmed to have contracted the virus, the highest daily number since April 21. More than 100 new cases reported in the last 10 days have been among incoming tourists.

British holidaymakers are due to return to Greece from July 15, with UK flights resuming on that date. However, Greek authorities are now considering introducing stricter lockdown measures, potentially from as early as tomorrow (July 13).

Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas told local media: “We knew from the beginning that when we gradually opened the country’s gates to the world, we would have imported incidents.”

He added that he is “determined to protect the majority from the frivolous few.”

This could mean tougher border checks, stepping up inspections at bars and restaurants and potentially introducing travel restrictions from countries with higher rates of infection. 

As of July 14, Bulgarians crossing the border into Greece must provide proof that they have tested negative in the past 72 hours, after the country registered a daily record of 330 new infections on Thursday last week.

source – telegraph.co.uk

3 thoughts on “Looks like the Telegraph now operates on clickbait! – Greece considers second lockdown after tourists bring spike of cases

  • July 12, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Thankyou very much for clarifying this. I thought the Daily Telegraph was a reputable newspaper. To actually quote one of your government agents as describing holidymakers as the frivolous few is unhelpful to everyone. We love Greece and particularly Kefalonia. Of course we want to visit but would be extremely upset if we caused a spike in the Corona virus. We will do everything we can to safeguard yourselves and fellow guests. We will adhere to all requests , restrictions and happily follow every guideline which is set out. I’m sure I speak for many others as well. We are due to arrive on Wednesday the 15th July. The message from Haris Theocharis the Minister of Tourism is encouraging because he says that British tourists are welcome in Greece. I will feel very fortunate and privileged indeed if we are permitted to visit your stunningly , beautiful island. Take care everyone.

  • July 12, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    I myself arrive on the 17th of July and look forward to being at what i call my second home 🙂 if asked i will take test and do what ever is needed by the greek authorities

  • July 13, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    What is most interesting about these sorts of stories is that they appear in a group of newspapers only. This story and others like it over the last few months only seem to appear mainly in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sun and a few others. They sensationalise a story for, as you say, clickbait purposes. I have begun to recognise this inaccurate reporting for what it is and now wait for the official lines only. Your report above is extremely helpful for those like me who live in the UK and who are planning to visit Greece to see relatives and friends or for a holiday and have been watching the daily changing news cycle. The Telegraph used to be more reputable, but now has sunk as low as the vile Daily Mail.


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